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Ten Nonsense Myths About Subwoofers and Bass Busted!

There are as many myths in the audio industry as are written in the pages of a Tolkien novel. With that in mind, Audioholics is taking on the

Ten Nonsense Myths About Subwoofers and Bass Busted!
Sony Object-Based ‘360 Reality Audio’ Format Aims To Create New Music Ecosystem…

Sony’s object-based “360 Reality Audio” format will soon launch on Tidal, Amazon Music HD, Deezer, and the live-performance streaming service

Sony Object-Based ‘360 Reality Audio’ Format Aims To Create New Music Ecosystem
New Filmmaker Mode For Ultra-HD TVs Aims To Put An End To ‘The Soap Opera…

Major filmmakers and Hollywood studios have teamed up with an industry coalition called The UHD Alliance to develop a new TV viewing mode called

New Filmmaker Mode For Ultra-HD TVs Aims To Put An End To ‘The Soap Opera Effect’

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Ten Nonsense Myths About Subwoofers and Bass Busted!

Ten Nonsense Myths About Subwoofers and Bass Busted!

There are as many myths and legends in the audio industry as there are written in the pages of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel. So great are these myths, that there are no shortage of myth busting articles; themselves giving rise to even more myths. With that in mind, Audioholics is taking on the task of myth busting ten bass and subwoofer myths we feel are more nonsense than fact. Myths we hope to lay to rest.

There are as many myths in the audio industry as are written in the pages of a Tolkien novel. With that in mind, Audioholics is taking on the task of myth busting ten bass myths that are nonsense!

— December 09, 2019 08:00 in Loudspeaker Design

Sony Object-Based ‘360 Reality Audio’ Format Aims To Create New Music Ecosystem

Sony Object-Based ‘360 Reality Audio’ Format Aims To Create New Music Ecosystem

Sony’s object-based “360 Reality Audio” format will soon launch on Tidal, Amazon Music HD, Deezer, and the live-performance streaming service nugs.net. Sony hopes to “usher in a major music milestone” with the new format, which will work on any iOS/Android mobile device, and any brand of headphones. But Sony’s new format faces direct competition from Dolby Atmos Music. Will either contender emerge victorious, or will this be the next SACD vs DVD-Audio format war head to the streaming front? Read on to learn more.

Sony’s object-based “360 Reality Audio” format will soon launch on Tidal, Amazon Music HD, Deezer, and the live-performance streaming service nugs.net. Will Dolby Atmos Music win out? Read on...

— December 01, 2019 23:50 in Audio Technologies

New Filmmaker Mode For Ultra-HD TVs Aims To Put An End To ‘The Soap Opera Effect’

New Filmmaker Mode For Ultra-HD TVs Aims To Put An End To ‘The Soap Opera Effect’

Major filmmakers and Hollywood studios have teamed up with an industry coalition called The UHD Alliance to develop a new TV viewing mode called Filmmaker Mode. This mode would automatically, or with the push of a single button, disable post-processing such as motion smoothing (a.k.a. “The Soap Opera Effect”) and preserve the correct aspect ratios, colors, and frame rates chosen by the content creators. With Filmmaker Mode, your TV would always display your movies and TV shows exactly as the filmmakers intended them to be seen. Read on to learn more.

Major filmmakers and Hollywood studios have teamed up with an industry coalition called The UHD Alliance to develop a new TV viewing mode called Filmmaker Mode. Is this death to the Soap Opera Effect?

— November 07, 2019 02:00 in HDTV Display Formats

Tidal VS Qobuz: Battle of the Hi-Res Streaming Services!

Tidal VS Qobuz: Battle of the Hi-Res Streaming Services!

When it comes to streaming services, we have the big players like Apple, Amazon, and Spotify. Now we can add Qobuz to the list of boutique brands like Tidal that cater to audiophiles. Given that Tidal seems to be struggling, we wondered if there was in fact a need for yet another niche streaming service. We extensively tested the two Hi-Res streaming services for the last SIX MONTHS! See what our conclusions were between the two services in our article and which one sounded best. Be sure to watch our recently added YouTube discussion.

We extensively tested Tidal and new comer Qobuz for the last six months to see who is the indisputable king of Hi-Res streaming! Read on to find out which service won and sounded best.

— October 23, 2019 01:00 in Audio Technologies

Room Reflections & Human Adaptation for Small Room Acoustics

Room Reflections & Human Adaptation for Small Room Acoustics

Dealing with acoustics in small rooms is no trivial matter. The quest for the “perfect” room all depends on your expectations, why you are listening (business or pleasure), what program you are listening to, and the condition of the ears you are listening through. This article and recently added YouTube discussion focuses on the topic of early reflections in small room acoustics and how to deal with them based on listening preferences and the accuracy of your loudspeakers. The portions of side walls responsible for first lateral reflections are specified as “optional areas: absorb, diffuse, reflect.” It is a decision to be made by the customer and/or the installer.

Dealing with acoustics in small rooms is no trivial matter. This article focuses on how to treat early reflections based on listening habits, your loudspeaker choice. Absorb, diffuse, reflect; decide.

Dr. Floyd Toole — October 14, 2019 23:00 in Room Acoustics

Dolby Withdraws Upmixing Restrictions: A Win for Consumers?

Dolby Withdraws Upmixing Restrictions: A Win for Consumers?

Last year we reported on Dolby restricting upmixing of non-native content through their DSU or crossmixing their formats with other upmixers. This had the potential of restricting consumer choices for upmixing content through competitor upmixers such as DTS Neural:X or Auro-matic. Apparently enough backlash was felt from licensee partners and consumers causing Dolby to withdraw this restriction on new Atmos enabled AV products. Read on to find out the implications and what to expect going forward.

Last year we reported on Dolby restricting upmixing of non-native content through their DSU. Due to backlash, Dolby has withdrawn this restriction on Atmos enabled AV products going forward.

— August 27, 2019 00:05 in Audio Technologies

Dirac Live Bass Management System To Debut at CEDIA Promising Perfect Bass

Dirac Live Bass Management System To Debut at CEDIA Promising Perfect Bass

The new Dirac Live Bass Management protocol debuts at CEDIA this September and promises perfect bass for your home theater. Their long awaited bass management software is said to analyze the bass in your room from each subwoofer and speaker and put them in perfect phase alignment with each other while also smoothing out the response. Will this open up more placement options and make it easier to integrate your subwoofers? Read on to find out.

The new Dirac Live Bass Management protocol debuts at CEDIA this September and promises perfect bass for your home theater making multi-sub placement easier to integrate and setup in your room.

— August 22, 2019 19:00 in Audio Technologies

Understanding Subwoofer Review Distortion Measurements Part III

Understanding Subwoofer Review Distortion Measurements Part III

In our subwoofer reviews, we post a very comprehensive set of measurements that illuminates the full range of a subwoofer's performance. We have noticed that one of the graph sets in our subwoofer reviews have been a bit cryptic for much of our readership, however, for those who understand what is being displayed, they are some of the most illuminating graphs in looking at how well the subwoofer maintains accuracy from low loudness levels to its maximum limits. In this article, we attempt to shed some light on these graphs so any reader can follow them to get a better understanding of what their subwoofer is actually doing.

In this article, we attempt to shed some light on subwoofer distortion graphs so any reader can follow them to get a better understanding of how the subwoofer objectively perform in our reviews.

— June 26, 2019 00:00 in Loudspeaker Design

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part II

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part II

The waterfall plots and polar maps often seen in Audioholics' speaker reviews are colorful and visually interesting, but what can they really tell us about a loudspeaker's performance? In this article, we explain the meaning of these graphs. We try to help you understand what to look for in determining the sound character of speakers from the information displayed in these graphs, so you can use them to find the right speaker for your system.

The waterfall plots and polar maps often seen in Audioholics' speaker reviews are colorful and visually interesting, but what can they really tell us about a loudspeaker's performance?

— June 12, 2019 00:00 in Loudspeaker Design

Can Sound United Bring Honest Power Ratings to AV Receivers?

Can Sound United Bring Honest Power Ratings to AV Receivers?

In this editorial, we make a call to action to Sound United, the largest entity of AV receiver manufacturers, to lead the industry in specifying amplifier power more honestly. We suggest a method of rating multi-ch AV receivers to give consumers a better idea of actual product performance. Truth has become a marketable commodity in an era of fake news. We’re calling this the Truth in Power (TiP) movement. And that movement is going to need our readers’ signatures and voices too. Tell us what you think and sign our petition today!

This is a call to action to Sound United to lead the industry in rating amplifier power in AV receivers more honestly. We are calling it the Truth in Power Movement and we need your help!

— June 05, 2019 12:00 in Audio Amplifiers

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part I

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part I

Over the last couple of years, Audioholics’ speaker reviews have contained measurement graphs that have prompted questions from many readers about the meaning and importance of the information displayed in them. Some readers have found the information in them confusing, and that is our fault for not recognizing how cryptic these sort of representations are for an average reader. In this article, we explain frequency response and the set of frequency response curves known as the 'Spin-O-Rama' curves.

Audioholics’ speaker reviews often contain detailed measurement graphs. In this article, we explain frequency response and the set of curves known as the 'Spin-O-Rama' to help you pick better product.

— May 24, 2019 21:00 in Loudspeaker Design

Demystifying 4K UHD: What Does it All Mean?

Demystifying 4K UHD: What Does it All Mean?

Ultra High Definition is finally starting to take hold in the market with equipment prices that are beginning to drop into the range for buyers of normal means with more HD content becoming available for everyone’s viewing enjoyment. But what does the new technology entail and how does one navigate all the new specifications, acronyms, and jargon along with all the recycled, updated, and bastardized terminology from the previous generation of HDTV. That is where Audioholics comes in to do some critical review to help you, the reader, sort through it all.

This guide to 4K UHD HDTV navigates through the new specifications, acronyms, and jargon along with all the recycled, updated, and bastardized terminology from the previous generation of HDTV.

— March 03, 2019 22:00 in HDTV Display Formats

Speaker Grilles On Or Off: Which Way Sounds Better?

Speaker Grilles On Or Off: Which Way Sounds Better?

Do grilles on speakers really make a difference on or off? Most home audio loudspeaker grilles are removable so their use is optional for most applications. Given how fussy audio enthusiasts can be though the use of grilles has been a point of strong personal preference for as long as there have been home audio loudspeakers. This article will help resolve the issue of whether or not to remove them for critical listening and how they affect the overall sound. Check out our recently added YouTube discussion on this topic for further insights.

Do speakers sound better with their grilles on or off? This article compares the two options to scientifically determine which way is best and what other factors can impact sound more dramatically.

— February 18, 2019 08:00 in Loudspeaker Design

What's More Accurate a Microphone or our Ears?

What's More Accurate a Microphone or our Ears?

Which is more accurate at detecting sound: our ears or a microphone? Most people might automatically assume a microphone since a good microphone can measure sound pressure over frequency so precisely, but the reality is even the most sophisticated microphones are relatively simple devices compared to human hearing. What makes our hearing so special compared to the exactitude of a microphone? You will have to read our article to see if the ear is mightier than the microphone at gauging sound.

Which is more accurate at detecting sound: our ears or a microphone? This article argues the distinction between perception and technical measurements and how that relates to our enjoyment of sound.

— December 27, 2018 00:00 in Room Acoustics